Here’s an unfortunate one that’s so bad it’s just plain bad. The makers of Ominous throw every ghost movie cliché they can think of at the screen and almost nothing sticks. We get doors that creak open by themselves, creepy dolls, lurking spectral presences, spooky voices, not to mention the grievously overdone “soaking wet girl with long black hair” imagery that us horror movie fans have had to suffer through a thousand times since THE RING, but the whole thing is so drawn-out and uninvolving that it has no impact.
It was sometime in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. My father, my brother, and I were at the local Blockbuster, now a cultural relic, looking for a movie to distract us from the hot Arizona afternoon where the sweltering heat forced us to stay indoors. My brother and I had recently finished all of the Goosebumps movies and thought that it was time for us elementary school kids to move on to something more mature, something more intellectual, something that would undoubtedly increase our social capital on the school playground. We picked out The Phantom of the Opera from the “Classics” shelf and proudly took our selection to our father who, upon seeing our choice said, “Oh that’s a silent movie you won’t like that.” So we put it back. Silent films are for nerds and squares and my brother and I were neither. I think we ended up getting Psycho instead. Now that movie had blood and a naked woman! Oh golly gee willikers!
Over the past view years, the Rasmussen brothers have made quite the stir in the horror community. With several films now under their belt including 2005’s Long Distance, 2013’s Dark Feed, and writing credits for John Capenter’s 2010 film The Ward, they have established themselves as both writers and directors of indie and mainstream films. Pretty impressive resumé if I do say so myself! I recently had the pleasure of viewing the latest film from Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, The Inhabitants, which is another impressive entry into their list of works.